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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

My Baby Clothes Boutique Article & Giveaway

Best Gifts Ideas for Moms and Children


Baby showers, baby births, first birthdays, Holidays: when small children are involved, every day is a celebration (rightfully!) and there is always an occasion for gift-giving (joyfully!) Based on my observations of how (and for how long) my children and their friends stay engaged with the gifts they receive, I have developed a go-to shopping list of tried and true gifts for tots (and moms) alike:

Gifts I Always Know I Want
When friends and relatives inquire about what my children are interested in, my go-to answer is craft supplies. As a mom, I appreciate any gift that fosters my children’s creativity, challenges their imaginations, and keeps them actively engaged for more than five minutes at a time. Children of most ages love coloring, drawing, painting, sculpting, cutting, gluing, beading, decorating, and creating of any kind. The versatility of crafts, the way they last from one playtime to the next, and their potential for being shared with siblings and friends all contribute to the high-marks I give to crafty gifts.

Gifts I Never Knew I Wanted Until I Got Them
When my older daughter was four, a dear family friend gave us a set of beginning readers called Bob Books. I thanked her politely, wrote a gracious thank-you note, and thought to myself, “isn’t four a little too young to start reading?” The Bob Books sat on a shelf for about a month until one day, on a whim, I pulled them down and started to use them with my daughter. With no formal teacher training or any prior experience teaching someone to read, I taught my first daughter (and two years later my second daughter, when she turned 4) how to read, using this great set of books!



From set 1 to set 4 (and these days, there is also a set 5), both children progressed incredibly smoothly with these simple, sort of non-sensical, but repetitive and consistent books that helped my young readers turn letter and sound recognition into words, words into sentences, and sentences into books. I never expected to teach my children to read at the ages of 4, but in hindsight, I feel like it is one of the best advantages I have ever given them! I never knew I wanted Bob Books until I got them, but now I make sure to gift them to other moms whenever I have the chance.

Gifts I Always Knew I Wanted but Wouldn’t Have Bought for Myself
For the most part, I’m a practical gal, so when it comes to buying clothing for my daughters, I’ve always shopped with an eye for items that can stand up to falls, survive stains, and live long enough to be handed-down. Which is why when it comes to giving and receiving gifts, I love to break free of the constraints of practicality and go for the whimsical, the unique, the trendy, and even the handle-with-care items. I make it a habit to give to others the hand-smocked dresses and perfectly princess tutus that moms like me adore, but don’t ordinarily buy for ourselves. If it has organza, tulle, taffeta or trim, it’s on my list. Give me all of the lace, frills, ruffles, flowered headbands, and dainty embroidery that you have in stock! It’s fine to be practical, but some of the greatest gifts are those that buck the everyday and go for the fabulous!

By Signe Whitson, LSW. She is a mom that wears many hats - child therapist, blogger, freelance writer, and author. She has been featured by Psychology Today for her look on the passive aggressive behavior in relationships. Her blog shares these hilarious accounts of personal experiences with passive aggressives. Her advice is shared through her partnership with My Baby Clothes Boutique. They have all the picture perfect baby clothes, newborn hats and so much more for your little prince or princess.

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